Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Knock-off Spinach Power Salad

Despite the fact that I don't go there often, I am a huge fan of the soups and salads at Panera.  During the Christmas shopping season, we stopped in to get some gift cards and decided to grab a bite while we were there.  My husband commented that he had tried their Spinach Power Salad at lunch some time back and he got it again.  It looked delicious, so I investigated.  I don't know how well this matches the original, but what resulted from my experiments was an awesome, delicious salad that even my kids loved.  This salad can be as healthy as you want it to be by modifying the amounts of ingredients; just a touch of dressing, french fried onions, and bacon will do!  Load up on the spinach - did you know there are only 14 calories in 2 cups of spinach?

INGREDIENTS:
  • Baby spinach
  • Hard Boiled Egg
  • Bacon (cooked)
  • Mushrooms
  • Butter
  • French Fried Onions
  • Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Saute the mushrooms in a small amount of butter to desired tenderness.
  2. Top a bed of baby spinach with chopped egg, mushrooms, a sprinkle of bacon, and a small amount of french fried onions.  Drizzle the dressing on top.

Difficulty: easy
Time: if the hard boiled eggs are made ahead of time, prep is about 10 minutes
Source: inspired by Panera's Spinach Power Salad, made in my own kitchen

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